Been waiting so long for the Sonic Boom TV Series to premiere, that the actually airdate snuck up on me
by now, there have been up to FOUR episodes aired. though, given that they are half-hour segments
like Butch Hartman's Fairly OddParents..I really should say TWO.
Fortunately, I managed to catch up on them (thank god for YouTube.)
So, I am prepared to give a review based on what I've seen so far.
How do I sum up the series in short? Ummm.."CRASH BANDICOOT."
(Confused? allow me to explain.)
the four released episodes have made clear that the whole setting takes place on an island peninsula.
with Sonic and his friends inhabiting one big island, and Eggman apparently living in a fortress
on one small one not too far away from the one where Sonic and his friends live.
So far, we've seen no big cities, or space stations like on Sonic X.
so, I am led to believe the whole show will take place primarily in a tropical island envirorment,
where the only technology we will see are Robots, Computers and Television.
As publicized, Sonic Boom is heavy on Comedy (from witty oneliners, to visual humor)
with some action to balance it out, because..HEY!, It's Sonic the Hedgehog.
So, let's see..Popular Anthro Hero Character, Mad Scientist, Island Setting, Comedy/Action.
GEE, sounds an awful lot like the Crash Bandicoot franchise to me.
all that it's missing are Talking Magical Masks, and TNT/Nitro Crates.
(For me, this is no problem. HECK, I rather like it! Apart from Sonic, Crash is my SECOND favorite videogame franchise.
and, this may be the closest I will ever get to an animated Crash Bandicoot series. SO, I will take it where I can get it.)
NOW, for the characters..What has been changed, and what has been left alone?
Well, on the subject of UNchanged Characters: Sonic and Tails fall under THAT category.
Sonic is still speedy, still noble and witty. Still the same hero we all remember him as.
SURE, he's wearing a scarf and bandages, now (and, he DOES seem a little taller.)
but, he is still the same hedgehog that I have admired since the early 90s (and, I was born in '89, So I know what I am talking about here.)
Tails is still that smart fox kid whose good with technology, and flies the plane
(and, the flight goggles are a nice touch for him.)
If anything of him has changed, It's that he's more of a scientist now than he was on Sonic X.
actually BUILDING inventions (which work alot better than Eggman's devices.)
NOW, for characters who HAVE been changed (Please put down your hammers and dynamite, people. No need to trash your computer.)
First, AMY ROSE. a bit of her character has changed..and, I would say it's for the better.
in previous incarnations, Amy is characterized as "an Obsessive Stalker" and "Would-Be Girlfriend" to Sonic
(a character trait that has earned Amy ALOT of harsh criticism over the years.)
In Sonic Boom, her love for Sonic remains intact..but, she isn't chasing Sonic with her hammer, demanding she marry him.
no, in this show, she is actually secretive of her true feelings. and, get's embarrassed when Sonic starts asking about it.
If this was the series producers way of making Amy more likable by nixing her more negative qualities..I'd say it's working.
NOW, for the character change that I don't like too much: KNUCKLES.
Now, I know what your thinking: "Oh, Metro, I AGREE! Knuckles "beefy" look is TOO MUCH!!"
well, sorry to disappoint..but, I don't really care that Knuckles now LOOKS stronger, instead of just being strong.
what I am having a problem with is ONE character trait: "Knuckles is STUPID."
YEAH..Yeah. Knuckles is now about as sharp as a bowling ball.
with his limited intelligence being one of the running gags of the show.
Now, i know Knuckles is STRONG as an Ox..but, he isn't DUMB as one.
so, yeah..Here is the one thing of Sonic Boom that I dislike: "Idiot Knuckles"
Dr. Eggman is another character whose drastically changed.
though, mostly it's his PHYSICAL appearance that has changed..not so much his personality.
the series producers CLAIM Eggman is still "Egg Shaped"..just, now he's an 'upside-down' egg...
yeah, say whatever you want, guys. But, Eggman as gone from "pot-bellied", to "Barrel Chested"
(clearly, Eggman's gone to the same workout program as Knuckles.)
As far as personality goes..Well, fans and critics alike criticized Eggman in Sonic X for being "too soft"
that he wasn't so much EVIL, as he was childish and immature.
Well, after watching Sonic Boom..I'd saw that Sonic X Eggman was villainous enough.
as in just one of the episodes, Eggman moved into Sonic and Tails house for a few days,
and, the most malicious thing he did during that time was bean Tails on the head with a pillow.
and, in ANOTHER. he tried to employ Tails as his "assistant"
So, Sonic X Eggman was "soft?" yeah..he was about as soft as a Jelly Dounut.
Sonic Boom Eggman, however is the flipping Jumbo Marshmallo in comparison.
Now, for the new character: Sticks the Badger.
Before the series even premiered, Sticks was criticized as being a ripoff of Marine Raccoon,
and, being an unnecessary replacement to Cream the Rabbit (and, then there's her amusingly simple name.)
But, for whatever reason..I like her.
while a backstory is never explored, It is implied that unlike the other anthro characters,
Sticks was born adn raised in the wild, and as such..is a bit more "feral" than the other characters.
Sticks isn't afraid to speak her mind..and, often "Actions" speak louder than "Word"
(translation: Offend her, and she'll clobber you, rather than yell at you.)
she also is creeped out by "Cute" things
(finding a robot dog who looks more like a Five Nights at Freddy's reject character "adorable.")
she is also paranoid (Sticks: (to her own shadow) "STOP FOLLOWING ME!!")
Now, for a summary on the thus far released episodes..
01. THE SIDEKICK.
After a brief battle with Eggman, Tails is hurt and Sonic decides to "fire" Tails as his sidekick to protect him.
Sonic then hold auditions for a new Sidekick (candidates consist of a Juggling/Singing Amy, a confused Knuckles, and Cowardly Beaver, a disgrunted Tails, and Dr. Eggman himself.)
02. CAN AN EVIL GENIUS CRASH ON YOUR COUCH FOR A FEW DAYS?
(without a doubt the LONGEST episode title ever.)
Eggman stops by Sonic and Tails house "one dark and stormy night", and requests to stay at their house
due to his fortress "apparently" being destroyed, and having to be rebuilt.
For whatever reason, Sonic allows Eggman (PLUS OrBot and CuBot) to stay.
but, Eggman proves to be more of a pest, than an archenemy.
03. THE TRANSLATOR.
Tails presents his latest invention to his friends: a Robot that "translates" everything they say, into what they REALLY mean.
Needless to say, this causes tension between the group..something Eggman tries to take advantage of.
Due to Stick's aggressive behavior towards animals (oh, the irony)
Sonic and his friends persuade the badger to get herself a pet to teach her to be more affectionate.
Unfortionately..HER idea of an idea pet is an ugly robot dog that slimes everything.
..Which eventually gets on everybody's nerves.
word has it that SHadow the Hedgehog and Metal Sonic will appear on the show.
I am both Excited, AND Terrified at this news.
So, anyways..There is my Two Cents on Sonic Boom: It's Crash Bandicoot featuring Sonic the Hedgehog.